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ERROL23

THe Killers(1946)

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Two killers,Max(William Conrad)and Al(Charles MCGraw)show up in Brentwood a small town.They go to a small diner where their victim eats every night.They molest the owner(Harry Hayden)by calling him bright boy and chasing off his customers.When the owner tells them their victim is not coming The Killers go to the gas station where he works and gets his adress,murder him and leave.

 

 

 

Insurance investigator Riordan(Edmond OBrien)is put on the case and finds the victim was an exfighter called The Swede(Burt Lancaster)The Swedes fellow worker,Nick(Phil Brown) tells Riordan that a few days before the killiing a mysterious stranger(Albert Dekker)had stopped for gas,took an interest in Swede and gleefully drove away.

 

 

 

After more investigation through an old friend of Swedes,Detective Lubinsky(Sam Levene)Rioddan finds that the Swede had once dated his wife Lily(Virginia Christine)Lily tells Riordan that at a party Swede had met Kitty Collins(Ava Gardner) trashy wife of mob czar,Big Jim Colfx(Dekker)and Swede fell for her and dumped Lily.

 

 

 

Riordan meets Charleston(Vince Barnett)an excriminal who was involved in a robbery with Colfax,Swede,and two gunmen,Dum Dum(Jack Lambert)and Blinky(Jeff Corey)Charleston backed out at the last minute.

 

 

 

After the robbery,Swede and Kitty had vanished with all the money doublecrossing the gang.

 

 

 

Ernest Hemingway novel.

 

 

 

This was Burt Lancastrs First Film.

 

Edited by: ERROL23 on Apr 2, 2012 8:32 PM

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"The Killers" is a rare film- pure noir. Easily in the top ten if not the top five list of noir. Everything clicks: cinematography, editing, direction, acting, music. A delight for fans of film noir.

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I so agree with the comments on this classic. It's literally a check list of what makes a film noir just that. As with "Double Indemnity", it's cinematic excellence. I must say that although Ava played her part well, she was too polished/glamorous to be in the upper leagues of femme fatale's in my opinion.  

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Probably one of the five best film noirs of the 40s.  Great casting with super camera work and dialog. Opening scene with two hit men was classic.

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